Missouri wines were recently highlighted among “Vacation Alternatives for the Budget-Conscious,” by the New York Times.
“In the Midwest, the region along the Mississippi River, about an hour’s drive west of St. Louis, was called “Rhineland” by German immigrants in the 19th century when they arrived and began planting grapes.
“The top grape is the Norton red,” said Jerri Hoffmann who, with her husband, David Hoffmann, has recently invested in several wineries and rental properties in Augusta, Missouri, the first federally recognized American Viticultural Area in the United States, established in 1980. “They were making award-winning wines here in Missouri at the turn of the century.”
One of their vintage log cabins starts at $299. Or you could head to nearby Hermann, center of one of the state’s wine trails, to stay at the 19th-century Inn at Hermannhoff and its hillside cottages.”
Missouri is home to many wineries, distilleries and breweries, and was at one time the second largest producer of wine in the country. Today, Missouri benefits from numerous wine trails, while also being the home of Anheuser-Busch and boasting a growing craft beer industry.